Catacombs Of The Capuchins Or Catacombe Dei CappucciniCurrently Closed
- Address: Piazza Cappuccini, 1, Palermo, Italy
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +39-0916524156
- Ticket Price: 3 EUR
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: History Museums, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
‘Catacombs of the Capuchins’- the one of its kind museum of Mummies and has a strange but unique charm that makes it one of the most visited places in Palermo. Initially only the monks were availed the facility to be preserved after death but later, it became a status symbol for the local lords and rich society to be preserved forever.
With the hidden formula of Professor Alfredo Salafia which was recently discovered, the bodies were mummified. This took place for a long period of 16th century to early 20th century. The catacombs contain about 8000 mummies that line the walls. The halls are divided into categories: Men, Women, Virgins, Children, Priests, Monks, and Professionals. Some bodies are better preserved than others according to how well they are taken care of by their families by paying donations to the place.
The most famous mummy is of a two year old girl named Rosalia Lombardo who died in 1920. She is one of the last individuals to be mummified and is termed as “Sleeping Beauty”. According to a recent study, all her organs were intact in an X-ray.
A weird but a one-of-its kind place.
- Do not photograph without permission.
- Not suitable for kids.
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An interesting and intense experience - the bodies are very close and they're all very different. No story though, or context. From what we could tell, this was the way bodies were kept after death for people with a certain social status. They seem to be grouped by social categories such as family name, children, virgins, priests etc.. Definitely not for children. There's a sign at the entrance, indicating that this is a sacred place, which we need to respect. No photos or videos allowed.
Very interesting catacombs, it hosts many ex humans in various states. It has a somewhat macabre flair to it but it's history and style are unique. Would definitely recommend, if possible take a guide with you to tell you the details and it's history.
It's worth visiting as you can see how people were buried (or rather preserved) over time. Your entrance fee helps Cappuccinis. Only problem, it is quite outside from city centre so you'd better look for buses. If you have to walk there by foot, I'm not sure if it's worth. One one hand it's history and something dating back to medieval times, on the other it's mostly just skeletons. No photos allowed.
I really did not like this. Simply macabre. These folk wanted to be put on display after they had died. Monks- cardinals- children- soldiers- virgins??- Not quite sure I got my head round the not so gentle decay. It did not smell but it just felt wrong.
It’s an interesting place to visit. A little out of the way from the center of the city but still walkable. It’s a weirdly fascinating place to visit. The big downside is the lack of context. There’s nothing to help you understand why are these people there, what started this and who are these people.
is there a map of the catacombs of the Capuchins and how can i access it if there is oneAnswer Report Abuse
I am not sure if there is a map of the Catacombs of The Capuchins. You may call on 39 091 652 7389 to inquire further.Report Abuse